Building Permits Were Second Highest Recorded

Posted on Friday January 01, 2010 at 02:24PM

Saskatchewan's building permits were the second-highest ever recorded according to Statistics Canada in a report released on February 7, 2011. Building permits in 2010 totalled 2.1 billion (seasonally unadjusted just shy of the 2.2 billion recorded in 2008. Residential permits were up 42.2 percent on average betwen 2009 and 2010, the second highest percentage increase among the provinces.

"Building permits for 2010 were the second-best on record, surpassed only by 2008 when our economy had the highest overall economic growth in Canada. We hit record population numbers last year, and new residents contributed to strong residential construction right acroll the province. Our province continues to move forward," enterprise Minister Jeremy Harrison said.

Out of all Saskatchewan cities, Melville had the highest percentage increase in overall building permits in 2010 when compared with 2009, followed by Weyburn, Prince Albert and Melfort. In residential building permits, Humboldt recorded the highest increase with Estevan placing second and Saskatoon third.

"Looking back on 2010, we had a great year in the province. In 2011, we are confident many areas of the economy will again be hitting record or near record statistics as Saskatchewan continues to be viewed as a premiere place to live and do business," Harrison concluded.

Author: Town of Oxbow

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